Bring your good times and your laughter too

The DC inauguration get together is Bailey’s Pub at Ballston Commons Mall (EDIT: possibly relocated, wait for future updates) at 5 pm today. I *think* today anyway, the email I got from eemom said “tomorrow, Sunday” but was sent at 1 am when tomorrow would have actually been Monday. Maybe one of you can help me out on the day in the comments.

Update. It’s today…but it may be relocated.

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    newsouthzach says:

    Would have loved to come by but wild horses couldn’t drag me down to Virginia this weekend, and that goes double during a Ravens game. Maybe we can put together a get-together up here in the People’s Republic of Maryland sometime.

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    Steeplejack says:

    It is still scheduled for 5:00 today at Bailey’s Pub, but I put up the bat-signal for eemom to think about relocating it. When we were discussing this on Friday I didn’t remember that this is a huge NFL day and Bailey’s will probably be packed with football fans.

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    eemom says:

    Sunday, TODAY, Sunday. At least I think today is Sunday. Sorry for the confusion, Mr. Galt — seeing as how precision is my stock in trade, I should have known better.

    Anyway, now I am freaking out because it is a sports bar and I didn’t factor in the goddamn football games, and my husband — who declines to come along for moral support — assures me that one will be raging at 5 pm with another about to start at 6:30. Aaargh.

    However, I am still game (haw haw) if others are.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Doug Galt:

    Do you have a date yet for your February visit to D.C.? Several people have requested longer lead-time notification so they can plan to attend a meet-up.

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    eemom says:


    Thank you! Now tell me pretty please, where all should we relocate to?

    I don’t know the Ballston area and I am an elderly social outcast who never goes anywhere in any event.

    ETA: I’ve now seen the above and also the suggestion for Rock Bottom. I’m game to either (1) change the location, or (2) postpone until Feb. Just let me know, y’all.

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    Doug Galt says:


    I don’t know what my free day is yet! I haven’t got my tix yet.

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    scav says:

    Basically, whew. As my relief at avoiding worse is comprehensively occupied today, it can a) deal with even a sports bar and b) accompany you without adding to the physical crush. Consider yourselves haunted, only by a more cheerfull spirit willing to delegate its share of the physical drinking of same, plural.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Doug Galt:

    What rough time frame? I’m sure all true Juicers will clear their schedules for several days on either side.

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    NotMax says:

    So, half an hour since the official swearing-in and no thread highlighting that?


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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Kool and the Gang FTW!

    “Do you, Barack Hu…cough cough! Obama swear (or affirm) to faithfully execute the office of Preznit of the United (sort of) States to the best of your ability, and to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States (to include the “well regulated militia” part) against all enemies, foreign (this means crazed Muslims, Yurpeans, Commies, and assorted Hindus) and domestic (this means crazed militias, Christianists, rapacious CEOS, and assorted stupid TV executives that cancelled the original “Star Trek”, so help you FSM?”

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    Corner Stone says:

    @NotMax: B. Barry Bamz back all up in this piece!

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    Doug Galt says:


    Feb 10 thru 13

  13. 13
    Corner Stone says:

    Sally Quinn looks more plastic than a Barbie doll.

  14. 14
    Corner Stone says:

    Hey DougJ, do you think you could toss up a self-portrait like Betty did on the below thread?

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    NotMax says:

    @Corner Stone

    As pasta is my witness, I have no idea whatsoever what that sentence means.

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    👽 Martin says:

    Nice to see Balloon Juice organization is firing on all cylinders as usual.

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    PeakVT says:

    The inauguration really needs to be on the 3rd, not the 20th. The election should be moved as well. A 75-day gap is just way too long.

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    Steeplejack says:


    I just called Rock Bottom to get a feel for how much of a sports bar they are. (They come across as slightly snootier on their Web site.) Answer: very. So I don’t think it would be that much different from Bailey’s, as far as crowding.

    I can’t think of another place around Ballston that I would recommend right now, so at this point my recommendation would be to fall back and plan a big wingding for next month when Doug Galt is in town. But if people want to go for it, fine. It might be fun.

    Full disclosure: As I said before, I was not going to be able to come to this one today in any case.

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    Violet says:

    Because of that post about the guy who got his employee to change his catheter, I’m getting “Urology and Catheter Supplies” ads. Yay.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @NotMax: You know, Barry Soetero and his Kenyan Muslim Soci@list empire?
    Atrios has informed me that he’s official again.

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    Corner Stone says:


    The election should be moved as well. A 75-day gap is just way too long.

    But what about the farmer legislators who must make their way in from the frontier?

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    Chris says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Lmao at that last. Before science fiction nerds were mad about Firefly, they were mad about Star Trek.

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    NotMax says:

    @Corner Stone

    That’s marginally more comprehensible. Thank you.

    Found it interesting that, even though the oath taking was all of maybe a minute and change, there did not seem to be an interpreter for the deaf in the camera shot.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    @Steeplejack: Maybe you guys should just try paper bags and a park bench.

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    The Dangerman says:

    There’s a bar/pub/watering hole of any kind that won’t be packed for the games today? C’mon, DC, represent!

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    Maude says:

    It wasn’t the public swearing in.

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    NotMax says:


    So what? It was still live televised history.

    Optics, optics, optics.

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    Corner Stone says:


    Maybe you guys should just try paper bags and a park bench.

    With long overcoats that stay unbuttoned no matter how cold it might be.

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    👽 Martin says:

    No upscale drag bars in DC? That’s the place to go.

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    NotMax says:

    @👽 Martin

    Just don’t mention reserving a space for a BJ party.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Just watched the C-Span highlight of President Obama being sworn in. I will admit, when he says Barack HUSSEIN Obama I know many a racist wingnut head is exploding. But you know what, when he was elected I knew America turned the corner that no racist dirtbag will ever reverse, but now with his 2nd term, no matter what, the racists F-sticks and dirtbags now will have to deal that the “Birth Of A Nation” America, is as dead as the bones and dust of General Forrest, you may try to say you will rise again white sheet, but you are irrelevant, and I hope the day when I see the first Latino or a LGBT, or Jewish or any other non WASP elected and sworn in. This was not the country I was born in, but in some good ways, this is a country I don’t mind dying in and of course, may that day be a long time coming(preferably after the Cleveland Browns win a few Super Bowls :-D ) I do have some optimism for this land though it may be a long time coming.

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    Valdivia says:

    @Doug Galt:

    Thanks for giving us the time frame Doug. I hope it’s not the 10th cause I will only be coming back to DC that day from nyc and I would hate to miss yet another DC get-together.

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    ding dong says:

    I think Anne Romney is having a bad day. She s being looked after by Biff,Skip ,Buzz and Tagg who are trying to draw her out of her fetal position. She can be heard moaning “That black woman is standing on my preordained spot. ” and “Mitt should be swearing on our bible.”

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    dmsilev says:

    @ding dong: I take great pleasure in the fact that none of us have to care about what any Romney thinks or does.

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    eemom says:

    I was just reminded of the Whitlow’s at Clarendon. Don’t THINK that’s a sports bar, but again, I haven’t been there since probly 1999.

    (The ORIGINAL, real dive-y Whitlow’s was across the street from my office back in the late 1980s — place was freakin awesome, with killer onion rings, and a tiny old fierce waitress whose customer service consisted of a growled “What’s yours?” Alas, like all else possessing a shred of authenticity in DC, it’s long gone.)

    Now tell me — WHAT DO Y’ALL WANT TO DO??

    ETA: leaving now to take eegrandmom to the train station….hope there’s a consensus by the time I get back.

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    Valdivia says:


    I hope you guys are able to get together and I am truly sorry this weekend didn’t work out for me. Thanks for organizing and looking forward to the mid Feb one!

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    Maude says:

    It was private. The ADA will be set up for tomorrow.
    ADA is not run by Obama.

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    shortstop says:

    @dmsilev: We don’t have to gloat. It’s just who we are. I feel contentment.

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    shortstop says:

    @Jewish Steel: The name Randall H. Hubatch is objectively hilarious.

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    shortstop says:

    @scav: You’ve already started without them, haven’t you? Not that there’s anything wrong with that. And why the hell is it always so cold in this town?

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    Anya says:

    I’m so happy! My president is still black!

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @shortstop: Ha! Yes. Right out of fiction. Poor fella.

    Still, three hot meals a day plus his diabetes medication. I’m glad he came up with a creative solution. Greatest Nation On Earth.

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    shortstop says:

    @Anya: Yes! What an excellent remark. I think I’ll repost it on my hideous cracker stepmama-in-law’s FB page. I am sure she will be in step with our sentiment.

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    chopper says:


    rock bottom used to be less sports-y back in the day. i used to go there all the time because the brewmaster was a buddy of mine. made really fucking good beer, but then moved to indiana.

    ah, the halcyon DC days.

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    Mike in NC says:


    I take great pleasure in the fact that none of us have to care about what any Romney thinks or does.

    The decent thing to do would be to invite Willard to the BJ party. That alone would make it worth traveling to DC just to be able to taunt him: “Please proceed, Governor”!

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    Corner Stone says:

    I just don’t understand how anyone could look at that slimy fuck Ted Cruz and decide that was the guy they wanted to vote for.

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    SFAW says:

    Wherever you end up today/tomorrow, don’t forget to hoist one for Gex, and to Kate’s memory.

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    shortstop says:

    @Mike in NC: I imagine he’s in warmish La Jolla continuing to supervise, unasked, the neighbor’s construction.

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    SFAW says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I just don’t understand how anyone could look at that slimy fuck Ted Cruz and decide that was the guy they wanted to vote for.

    Substituting the name of any of the Tea Baggers for “Ted Cruz” would not lessen the truth-value of that statement. Actually, the name of any typical Rethug would work, too.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Corner Stone: I told you, right, that Ted Cruz was the freshman college roommate of a friend of mine from high school? It was only after the guy got elected that I realized the crazy Republican politician was the same bizarre, creepy guy I had first heard stories about in November 1988.

  52. 52

    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    Totally with you. African-American president and African-American first family are now part of normal America. What’s next? I don’t know, but for everyone who is not a white, wealthy, Protestant male, your chances are a little better than they were before.

    But, sadly, the Browns chances for a Super Bowl win just receded another five years.

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    scav says:

    @shortstop: content, giddiness. . . to repeat myself oh Huzzah! for our black socialist fascist communist muslim atheist, kenyan no-long-form leader that organizes communities! long may he drive them round the bend of the short pier!

    and without a few brisk dips to at least the sub teens, I wouldn’t know where I was.

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    Yutsano says:

    @shortstop: Willard can just GBCW. And mean it.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Jewish Steel: I don’t own a Bucky Badger hat.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: …anymore.

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    OT but awesome. The Sydney library is movin all of lance armstong’s books to the fiction section.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I don’t own a Bucky Badger hat.

    Well, not anymore. It’s in evidence lockup.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Jewish Steel: I never have. Also, neither of my degrees is from the UW. Plus, if I turn to crime, I will be looking for more than $500.

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    shortstop says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Well, how about sharing some of those stories, cowboy? We’re all ears!

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    shortstop says:

    I have a Bucky Badger hat and I’m not even a Sconnie. I’m not actually sure when or where I acquired it.

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    Josie says:

    @FlipYrWhig: You can’t just leave us hanging. What kind of stories?

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @shortstop: Nothing scandalous or anything, just that he was awkward and greasy (supposedly he practically left a film on everything he touched, which became known as “cruzz”) and had shelves full of books about Satan’s influence on American politics. So, you know, sometimes we start to think that wingnuts are putting on an act to snooker the rubes. But Cruz is by all accounts genuinely weird and entirely committed to his weirdness.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @FlipYrWhig: I usually have a bit of sympathy for the weird misfit kid, but he was in a whole separate category, creepy and tightly wound verging on unsettling. And it’s not like Princeton isn’t full of assholes, or Republicans. But there was something uniquely strange about the guy even then.

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    shortstop says:

    @FlipYrWhig: He does sound like the bona fide article. Gross.

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    Josie says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Texas is a huge media market. I wonder if a lot of people simply pulled the lever for the Republican candidate without knowing very much about Cruz. I’m hoping that he gets overexposed and thrown out when his re-election time comes around.

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    NotMaxn says:



    It was (a) investiture into a public office and (b) offered live to the media.

    Private, my foot.

    And you can’t convince this old coot that the White House doesn’t have at least one interpreter on staff or on retainer who will work on a Sunday.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Oily politician is oily.

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    mai naem says:

    The first time I saw Cruz on teevee he came across as an in the closet gay with kinky skeletons. Worse than Lindsey Graham who just comes across as a regular in the closet pol.

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    eemom says:

    Still at Union Station….traffic in the city absolute hell. No meet up for me today. DougJ plz update

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    Woodrowfan says:

    so, meetup is postponed??

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    Bago says:

    @eemom: can’t you walk a few blocks up to h street? They have pubs there.

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    MB says:

    FWIW (and as someone who lives just a few blocks away from Bailey’s), Rockbottom will definitely have fewer yelling bros. Whitlow’s, while vastly superior in every other way, will not be any better of a location. If you’re attached to Ballston, for some reason, Carpool is big enough that a group of any size should find some workable space there.

    (If it’s just a dozen or so people, I point you down the street to Jay’s Saloon and Grille, one of Arlington’s last dive bars.)

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    Woodrowfan says:

    of course Cruz is creepy. Are there any RW Republicans who are not creeps???

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    Woodrowfan says:

    @MB: There’s a good Mexican place down on Pershing (I think) next to the Popeye’s Chicken. A bit too far from Metro though, and a bit small./.

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    Elizabelle says:

    On my way to Ballston via Metro. Anyone at Baileys?

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    MB says:

    @Woodrowfan: Yep, El Paso Cafe. I’m actually headed out in a short bit to try the new(ish) Indian place next to the Post Office.

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    LGRooney says:

    My apologies, folks. It seems my anonymity gave me a nasty headache. I just woke up from a nap and my head’s still pounding.

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    eemom says:

    Sorry for any confusion. I meant well, I most truly did — and if any BJers make it to Bailey’s, I hope they find each other.

    Let’s try again in Feb.

    And now, to quote Travolta in Pulp Fiction — after 4 hours spent trying to get to Union Station with every fucking street within 10 blocks of the WH or Capitol blocked off, an experience only slightly less harrowing than having one’s mob boss’s wife almost die of an OD while in one’s care — I’m going home and having a heart attack. Well, actually I am home. Whatever.

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    Elizabelle says:

    So did anyone make it to Baileys? I just got here.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Here here! I also look forward to a day when we get a Latino, LGBT, woman, atheist, Jewish or another non-Wasp President/Vice President. If it can’t be Hilary Clinton in 2016 (for health reasons), then hopefully, it will be someone else to make the Rightwingers’ collective head explode.

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    Lojasmo says:

    I’m still in minnesota. Don’t think I can make it.

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    DLew On Roids says:

    @Woodrowfan: El Paso Cafe. Great place.

    For future reference, my recommendation at Ballston Common is always Union Jacks. Good beer selection, friendly bartenders.

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    mainmati says:

    @newsouthzach: I second the motion from Silver Spring, PRM

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